Zhou Enlai

1898 - 1976

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Zhou Enlai ([ʈʂóu ə́n.lǎi]; 5 March 1898 – 8 January 1976), Wade-Giles transliteration Chou En-lai, was the first Premier of the People's Republic of China. From October 1949 until his death in January 1976, Zhou was China's head of government. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Zhou Enlai has received more than 2,098,840 page views. His biography is available in 72 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 70 in 2019). Zhou Enlai is the 534th most popular politician (down from 448th in 2019), the 40th most popular biography from China (down from 32nd in 2019) and the 21st most popular Chinese Politician.

Zhou Enlai was a Chinese Communist politician who served as the first Premier of the People's Republic of China from 1949 to 1976. He was instrumental in the Communist Party's rise to power, and subsequently in the Chinese Civil War and the establishment of the People's Republic of China.

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Among politicians, Zhou Enlai ranks 534 out of 15,710Before him are George III of the United Kingdom, Ptolemy II Philadelphus, Leopold III of Belgium, Rudolf I of Germany, Maximian, and Manuel I Komnenos. After him are Louis I of Hungary, John Hunyadi, Augustus II the Strong, Frederick William III of Prussia, Osman III, and Yongzheng Emperor.

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Among people born in 1898, Zhou Enlai ranks 11Before him are Golda Meir, Federico García Lorca, Alvar Aalto, M. C. Escher, Enzo Ferrari, and George Gershwin. After him are C. S. Lewis, Herbert Marcuse, Umm Kulthum, William James Sidis, Trofim Lysenko, and Liu Shaoqi. Among people deceased in 1976, Zhou Enlai ranks 9Before him are Martin Heidegger, Howard Hughes, Werner Heisenberg, Alvar Aalto, Luchino Visconti, and Max Ernst. After him are Bernard Montgomery, Fritz Lang, Trofim Lysenko, Jean Gabin, Man Ray, and André Malraux.

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Among people born in China, Zhou Enlai ranks 40 out of 1,186Before him are Emperor Taizong of Tang (598), Emperor Gaozu of Han (-256), Toshiro Mifune (1920), Lü Bu (161), Emperor Wu of Han (-156), and Zhu Xi (1130). After him are Yongzheng Emperor (1678), Mozi (-470), Lu Xun (1881), Li Ching-Yuen (1677), Sun Quan (182), and Nurhaci (1559).


Among politicians born in China, Zhou Enlai ranks 21Before him are Hongwu Emperor (1328), Jiang Zemin (1926), Yongle Emperor (1360), Emperor Taizong of Tang (598), Emperor Gaozu of Han (-256), and Emperor Wu of Han (-156). After him are Yongzheng Emperor (1678), Sun Quan (182), Nurhaci (1559), Yuan Shikai (1859), Sima Yi (179), and Hong Taiji (1592).